How to Make Roman Blinds

Roman blinds add a sophisticated accent to any window. Made from light to medium-weight fabric and placed with wooden battens, decorating your window can be a simple DIY project. Here are the steps.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • 1 x 1 inch wooden batten with length equals to the width of the blind
  • Main fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Thread
  • Wooden or plastic dowelling, the width of the blind less 3cm
  • Plastic rings 12mm in diameter
  • Screw-in eyelets 4 pieces
  • Wood or brass acorn cap nuts
  • Cord in 3 lengths, each 2x the blind length plus the blind width
  • Velcro equals the width of the blind

Step 1: Fix the Wooden Batten.

It can be placed under the window frame or above it. Fix the Velcro along the length of the batten

Step 2: Calculate the Fabric Needed.

Measure from the top of the wooden batten to the length required to cover the window. And then measure the width. Add an allowance of at least 1 inch all around for the hems depending on the style and border if you have any. The size of your lining should be almost the same.

Step 3: Cut the Fabric

So cut both main fabric and lining according to measured size. If more than one fabric width is required, join two fabrics together with a flat seam.

Step 4: Stitch Main and Lining Fabric

Place the main fabric on a flat surface and then followed by the lining fabric, with the wrong side up, on top.
Pin all around and then stitch both sides and the bottom edge, 1 inch from the edges.

Step 5: Make a Dowel Pocket.

Stitch the bottom 6mm from the edge. Insert the wood or plastic dowel.

Step 6: Reverse.

Trim the excess seam allowance. Turn the blind side out and then press.

Step 7: Create Pleats.

Lay out and smooth the blinds. Using a pencil, draw a line 5 cm from the top.
Divide the remaining length into sections of 20 to 30 cm lengths, with the bottom most part made of a half section. Draw a line for each section.

Step 8: Create Pockets.

Cut 8cm strips of excess lining fabric with length equal to the width of the blind. The number should be the same as the number ofsections in the previous step.
Fold each strip into half lengthwise and stitch 12mm away from the raw edges along the length and at one end. Reverse right side out and press.
Centre the strips along the pencil lines, pin in place and then machine stitch.
Insert the dowels into each pocket and then sew the open ends.

Step 9: Stitch the Rings.

Saw the rings on the centre of each pocket, as well as 5cm from each side. For wider blinds, there should be 20 to 40cm intervals in between.

Step 10: Add Velcro to the Top Hem.

Turn the edge of the fabric to the back by 1 inch and press. Stitch the “saw” side of the Velcro at the top of the blind. Attach it to the Velcro attached to the batten to hang the blind.

Step11: Screw Eyelets.

Screw eyelets to the underside of the batten, aligned to the rings on the blind plus one eyelet at one end.

Step 12: Connect and Trim the Cords.

Tie each cord to the rings at the lowest pocket then pass them through the other rings above and through the eyelets at the top. All cords should pass through all eyelets towards the last eyelet on the side.

Trim the cords to level and knot them on an acorn. Fix the wall cleat at a convenient height.

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